What is Sloane Stephens doing in her off-season? She is giving back to the sport that has given her a lot. She was recently named USTA’s first National Excellence Program ambassador and hosted a three day training camp for top juniors.
Hosted by the Sloane Stephens Foundation and USTA, the camp “provides young players of ethnically diverse backgrounds an opportunity to improve their tennis skills in a camp environment with players of similar age and skills,” according to a press release.
Sharing moments about the same on her Twitter, Stephens said, These last three days at the [Sloane Stephens Foundation] camp have been more than I could have hoped for. Getting to know all of the kids and their parents, see them play, hear their stories, and watch them learn, has filled my heart.
I am so proud of everyone who helped bring this to life”. Stephens also admitted that the kids selected were top juniors of color from across the country who had missed out on the USTA funding. During her training days as a youngster, she also took part in camps like these and wanted the rising stars to get a feel of the same.
“I hope that these kids are able to take friendships and knowledge from this week into the rest of their careers and lives,” Stephens added on Twitter. “I can’t wait to continue to grow this program and give more kids more opportunities”.